Trial begins in deadly Tulsa hate crime case

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TULSA, Okla. — Quick Facts:

  • Stanley Majors allegedly shot and killed Khalid Jabara in 2016
  • The suspect and victim were neighbors; Majors had a history of alleged harassment against Jabara's family
  • His trial begins Monday; he faces first degree murder, possession of a firearm after a felony, threatening violence and malicious intimidation and harassment charges
  • FOX23 will update this story as the trial gets underway

A jury takes over the case of a deadly possible hate  crime Monday.

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FOX23 first reported the death of Khalid Jabara in August 2016. Police say Stanley Majors shot and killed Jabara outside of his family's home in south Tulsa.

It was the latest in what Jabara's family called constant harassment. They say Majors harassed and targeted the Jabaras because they were Lebanese.

Majors faces charges of first degree murder and possession of a firearm after a felony charges. He was also charged under Oklahoma's hate crime law with threatening violence as well as malicious intimidation and harassment.

Jury selection begins Monday morning. Jurors will complete a pre-selection questionnaire to evaluate their exposure to the case before court.

10 jurors were removed the morning of selection.

Judge Holmes will ask the remaining potential jurors to identify any extreme feelings about those in the LGBT community or about people of Middle Eastern descent.

Jabara was Lebanese; Majors was gay and married to a man for a long time.

His husband wrote a letter for deposition in the case shortly before his death.

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